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I was having a nice shower this morning, when I started thinking about how the audiophile society would develop in the future, and how sound in general would change over time.

I wanted to start this thread up so everyone could share their thoughts about general TRENDS that are going on in the world of audio, and what that means for its future. I do not mean technological marvels in an of themselves, but maybe how these would affect the audio industry as a whole -- I think things will become more clear when I tell you all about how I think things will end up becoming.

So I honestly think that at the rate technology is developing, you will be able to achieve near perfect audio playback (maybe even reference quality) from cheap earbuds or headphones in the future; just think we have earbuds like the DUNU 1000s and the GR07s right now which offer unprecedented bang for the buck, but in the future we will have even more bang for the buck earbuds and headphones. What I think this means is that at a certain level, there will be little that we can actually innovate when it comes to sound quality; there is only so far that one can effectively replicate a recording when it comes to audio playback. Of course, then the focus may turn back to recording material to get the most lifelike recordings, but that is another discussion :). Regardless, what this means is that the distinction between pure reference audio quality will probably be blurred between different phones because they will all be so darn close to the real thing.

 

With that in mind, I think that at a certain point the goal will change from flat frequency to the most interesting sound signature. This keeps uniqueness in each headphone/ earbud and offers the choice which allows a consumer to choose one company over another. Yet it seems to me that one can change this signature through EQ, and thus what unique ability would a good earbud/ headphone offer? I think its the ability to change the sound signature in specific ways -- and of course each in its perfection, because EQing by yourself doesn't always lead to the best results. Thus companies that are investing in technologies to change the sound signature of their earbuds/headphones are probably doing the right thing for the future -- the Shure se846's replacable filters come to mind.

 

But these are just my thoughts.

Yours?

Nusho

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It would be awesome to have the sound of a $1,000 headphone coming from $10 buds...
But then they would probably sound crappy compared to other headphones in that time. frown.gif
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Originally Posted by DonutDeflector View Post

It would be awesome to have the sound of a $1,000 headphone coming from $10 buds...
But then they would probably sound crappy compared to other headphones in that time. frown.gif

I dont think you are getting my point. IMO there is only a certain level at which sound can be perfectly produced; think about it, even after so many years, the Sennheiser Orpheus are considered better than the newer technologically superior Senns HD 800s. Thus, both have pretty much reached the perfection of sound -- I think that there is only a level at which sound can be perfectly reproduced. At that point, you wouldnt have really differing headphones in the future when it comes to sound quality.

Do you get what im saying?


Edited by Nusho - 12/11/13 at 5:19am
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Oh, I see now. What a thought into the future. smily_headphones1.gif
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Oh, I see now. What a thought into the future. smily_headphones1.gif

:) Thats the point of this thread lolz

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smily_headphones1.gif Thats the point of this thread lolz

You should make a book on this subject. smily_headphones1.gif
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You should make a book on this subject. smily_headphones1.gif

LOL I got thru the entire theory in like 2 paragraphs; im no gladwell man, cant take 5 paragraphs and somehow spin it into a 200 pg book :)

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 Sennheiser Omegas

Sennheiser Orpheus or Stax Omega?

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Sennheiser Orpheus or Stax Omega?

LOL i mean the orpheus ... crap thats very embarrassing

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LOL i mean the orpheus ... crap thats very embarrassing

 

I actually mentally read "Sennheiser Orpheus" because of the context and never noticed, but it's funny so fuhgeddaboudit!

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I actually mentally read "Sennheiser Orpheus" because of the context and never noticed, but it's funny so fuhgeddaboudit!

yea haha I guess i did something similar when i wrote "Sennheiser omegas" and just didnt notice :)

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